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1.3.4 Protocol: Criteria for Transfer from Initial Response Service


Contents

  1. Criteria
  2. Transfer Process from Initial Response Service (IRS)
  3. Child Protection
  4. Looked After Children
  5. Role of the IRS Service Manager


1. Criteria

Children Complex Needs: If a child needs support from Children's Social Care in the longer term, on completion of the Statutory Assessment and the Child Plan (where a team around the child cannot safely function without Children's Social Care involvement) IRS will transfer the case to the Long Term Social Work Service at a Planning Meeting.
Child Protection: Once a child becomes subject to a Child Protection Plan the case will transfer to the Long Term Social Work Service for the child's home address.
Looked After Children: 

Looked After Children under 15 years and 9 months accommodated by Initial Response Service (IRS) including those where the plan is for reunification or where the child is an unaccompanied asylum seeking child, will transfer directly from IRS to the Long Term Social Work Service at the first LAC Review. If the child is 15 years nine months or over IRS will transfer the case directly to the 16 plus team.

Vulnerable Young People: Young people 14 years to 15 years nine months who meet the criteria for the vulnerable young people's procedure will be transferred by IRS to the Long Term Social Work Service on completion of the Statutory Assessment and the Child Plan. Any young person over 15 years nine months will be transferred directly from IRS to the 16 plus team.
Private fostering arrangements:  On completion of an Statutory Assessment transfer to the Long Term Social Work Service.


2. Transfer Process from Initial Response Service (IRS)

Children with Complex Needs (that have not been taken to Initial Child Protection Conference).

Some children with complex needs may need to be assessed by Children's Social Care and may benefit from a brief period of intervention before moving to a team around the family and the identification of a Lead Practitioner from another agency. For those children with complex needs who need ongoing intervention from CSC, transfer to Long Term will take place from IRS at a Planning Meeting.

The IRS Service Manager will alert the Service Manager of the date of the Planning Meeting on completion of the Child Plan.

The Long Term Service Manager will identify a social worker to attend the Planning Meeting and accept responsibility for the case.


3. Child Protection

Where the child becomes subject of a Child Protection Plan the case will transfer to Long Term  Service at the Initial Child Protection Conference.


4. Looked After Children

Children and young people who are under the age of 15 years nine months who are looked will transfer to the Long Term Social Work Service at the first Looked After Child Review. If there is a plan for reunification, the child or young person will remain with IRS until the three month LAC review to enable the plan for reunification to be put into effect.

Those children and young people over 15 years and nine months who do not have a plan to return home who will continue to be looked after until they moved to independence will be transferred from IRS to the 16 plus Team.


5. Role of the IRS Service Manager

The manager IRS will invite the relevant manager from Long Term to any legal planning meetings that take place on cases open to IRS prior to transfer, so that they have pre-knowledge of the circumstances of the case. The Team Manager, IRS will alert the receiving service Team Manager from Long Term immediately when it is known that the case will need to be transferred (see above). These weekly transfer discussions take place to ensure maximum communication and preparation for actual transfer of case responsibility.

Weekly meetings will be held between the identified IRS Team Managers and the receiving service Group Managers. The meeting will be chaired by the IRS Service Manager or the Long Term Service Manager. The IRS Service Manager will provide a list of cases to be transferred. The receiving service Group Manager will hold a list of Social Workers in their teams who have capacity to be allocated a case and attend the relevant transfer meeting. In all circumstances the IRS Service Manager will have:

  • Audited the case and will ensure that all work is completed and authorised prior to transfer. The case will be handed over to the Social Worker at the relevant transfer meeting;
  • The IRS Team Manager will transfer the case electronically to the named allocated Social Worker in the receiving service.

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